Commissioners to discuss quiet zone, tourism

The Scotts Bluff County Commissioners will consider a request to establis a quiet zone for train horns in the County Road 19 area when they meet Monday. George Melloh of Scottsbluff is making the request. The city of Scottsbluff is expected to have a quiet zone for train horns effective early next month after years of work on getting safety features at the various city crossings and the proper electronics installed by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. The city also had to work with federal officials during the process.

The commissioners will also get a visit from Kimball County Tourism Director Jo Caskie about the High Points Visitors Center. Caskie is hoping to either lease or purchase the former Burger King property at the Highway 71 junction off Interstate 80 as the location for the visitors center.

Western Nebraska tourism officials have indicated having a visitors center at the Kimball I-80 ramp is a key to getting motorists off the interstate and visiting attractions in the panhandle. Caskie said because the center would serve the entire area they will be looking at participation from Kimball area communities to be part of the project. Caskie said with some basic renovations, they could possibly have the center open before the end of this summer.

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